Won’t you join me on the frontlines of holistic health?

I’ve been rewriting the rules of nutrition for over three decades. During that time, I’ve had many challenges because my approach has always been outside of mainstream medicine. Today, however, the tide has turned and more and more people are embracing the power of holistic nutrition to transform their lives. But there is more to be done. The number of people suffering from chronic pain, imbalances, autoimmune diseases, and digestive issues continues to increase.

The good news is that I have discovered an invaluable resource—an organization comprised of hundreds of holistic nutrition professionals—who follow my same principles and are healing people and making a big impact on those who suffer so much in our country. I want you to know more about this group of game-changers and encourage you to get involved with them, too.

My big discovery came when I was invited to deliver the closing keynote for the annual conference of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals. I very quickly realized that these were my people when I posed one of my more “difficult” questions in my speech, a question that many conventional health care practitioners often get wrong. When someone correctly (and in what seemed like lightening-speed) shouted out the correct answer I thought to myself, “Hmm. More people need to know about these folks!”

I’ve known about the NANP for years. What I didn’t realize is just how much they’ve evolved over the years to become a major player in the holistic health industry.

Unlike many organizations, NANP is more than simply a collection of like-minded individuals; they are a force to be reckoned with. Their lobbying efforts keep a watchful eye on potential legal issues that could negatively impact the rights of their members to practice their trade. Their board certification exam, the only one of its kind for those who use whole food nutrition in their work, raises the standard and provides more opportunities (and income!) for those who take it. The NANP has forged deep relationships with scores of allied organizations and nutraceutical firms. You won’t see this group taking sponsorship dollars from any organization that is NOT in alignment with their holistic principles.

And then there are the educational opportunities. Monthly webinars, CEU opportunities, and their stellar annual conference—including internationally recognized speakers like Tom O’Bryan, world expert on gluten and its impact on your health; Joel Salatin, author and American farmer; Deanna Minich, teacher, author, scientist, speaker, and artist; Tori Hudson, professor and naturopathic physician; and many more—are just a few ways they help their members stay on top of the latest science in the field.

So why am I telling you all this? Why does it matter?

There are still many battles ahead for those who practice holistic nutrition. You’re probably already aware of this fact. But what I’ve learned over the past 4 decades is that numbers matter; the louder we are, the harder it is to ignore us. The growth of NANP is skyrocketing! Yet I know that there are many more of you who aren’t yet involved and should play a part in their movement. This matters a lot. To preserve your right to practice, to become part of the movement for whole foods nutrition, to shift mindsets from disease management to true health—yes, this matters a great deal, to all of us.

During my conference keynote, I noticed a sea of orange t-shirts in the audience. The message on the shirt read, “Food Heretic: Creating the Real Food Revolution.” Nothing could describe these rebels more
accurately. They dispense with the flawed USDA My Plate one-size-fits-all dietary guidelines to those that take bio-individuality into account.

The NANP envisions a future where people choose food as their medicine. Who can argue with that? Certainly, not me. And hopefully, not you either.

If you are a health care practitioner, click here to learn more about how to get involved. And if you are an individual who may be seeking a nutrition professional, you can visit this page to find a practitioner near you.

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